Law and Religion Headlines

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Don't just blame 'religion' when parents refuse to let desperately ill children die
(Andrew Brown, The Guardian)

First on CNN: Who’s delivering prayers at the DNC
(Dan Gilgoff , CNN)

Four religious freedom cases at ECtHR: Webcast of the hearing
(European Court of Human Rights)

Freedom of movement in a divided Cyprus

India: Individual free to keep religious belief secret
(Hindustan Times)

Kenya: Another team to probe Rogo's Mombasa murder
(Maureen Mudi, Calvin Onsarigo, and Martin Mwaura, The Star (Nairobi))

Kodnani's instigation brought death to Naroda residents: court
(Business Standard)

Migron settlers begin leaving homes: Israeli army

Politics and religion
(Editorial, Winnipeg Free Press)

Privacy, masks and religion
(Omer Tene, Concurring Opinions)

Religious freedom showdown in European Court
(The Telegraph)

Right to life of the mother takes precedence
(Jacky Jones, Irish Times)

Two Million Friends: A new approach in Afghanistan
(Johnny Barber,

UN human rights chief urged to make Tibet "urgent priority"

Monday, 3 September 2012

Acceptability of Namo [Narendra Modi] outside Gujarat will remain uncertain
(B. Raman, Eurasia Review)

Appeals court rules that gown, invitations do not a wedding make
(Leigh Jones, Daily Business Review)

Baptism, canon law and the Church
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Conditions in northern Mali portend disaster
(Jemal Oumar and Raby Ould Idoumou, Magharebia)

Election primer 2012: Religion and government
(Steve Hochstadt, History News Network (George Mason University))

Eweida, Chaplin, Ladele and McFarlane: appeals to the European Court of Human Rights
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Georgia: Orthodox Church looks askance at proliferation of Yoga studies
(Molly Corso, EurasiaNet)

Georgians shaken by border incursion of Islamic militants
(Teo Bichikashvili, Institute for War & Peace Reporting)

Government 'moving goalposts' in HHS contraceptive mandate controversy, lawyer charges
(Brian Fraga, National Catholic Register)

Group says SCO 'vehicle' for rights abuses
(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

In a ban, a measure of European tolerance
(Steven Erlanger, The New York Times)

Indonesia: Clinton should raise plight of religious minorities, says Human Rights Watch
(Eurasia Review)

Islamic fundamentalism in Africa
(Daniel Bodirsky, Geopolitical Monitor)

Islamization and growing tensions in Albania
(Aid to the Church in Need)

Jews and Muslims unite in fight for religious freedom in Europe
(Rachel Hirshfeld, Israel Nation News)

Kachin refugees feel Chinese heat

Moroccan youth gets 3 months for public eating in Ramzan

Muslim cleric accused of planting evidence in Pakistan blasphemy case
(Ayaz Gul, Voice of America)

Muslims are thriving in American Catholic colleges
(Richard Perez Pena, Times of India)

NSS intervene in landmark cases at European Court of Human Rights
(National Secular Society)

Pakistani blasphemy case shifts as cleric is arrested
(Salman Masood, The New York Times)

Persecution prompts Christians in Pakistan to call for separate province
(Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post)

Rabbis will defy law on circumcision ritual
(Katie Moisse, ABC News)

Syria’s present is drenched in blood so next generation can have a future
(Isida Tushe, Eurasia Review)

Syrian rebel group pledges protection for Christians
(Catholic World News)

The hunger striker set to martyr himself for religious freedom in Iran
(Wilf Merttens, The Guardian)

Unification Church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon dies at 92
(Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press)

Young Iraqis face religious fashion crackdown
(Lara Jakes, WBOC 16)

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Al-Qaeda threat against Lebanon Shiites genuine, serious
(Hussein Abdallah, The Daily Star)

Christianity faces a Middle Eastern exodus
(Kansas City Star)

For faith and much more, women choose to keep covered
(Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times)

Heeding Romney’s words on religious liberty
(Marc Schneier and Mohamed Magid, The Washington Post)

Human rights 'agenda' is new totalitarianism, bishop warns judges
(John Bingham, The Telegraph)

In U.S., Obama and Romney offer rare glimpse of their spiritual lives
(Daniel Burke)

Opinion: Joshua Rozenberg previews the Ladele case
(The Christian Institute)

Orthodox youth to be united into All-Russian movement
(RIA Novosti / Alexander Vikulov, RT)

Pakistan: Alarming amount of hate-material in textbooks, study reveals

Politics, religion can be seen as deeply related
(Rev. Nathan Day Wilson, IndyStar)

Science and religion peace talks remain controversial
(Karl Giberson, Huff Post Religion)

The shaky state of Bosnia
(Michael Haltzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Thousands rally in Bahrain to demand release of jailed activists

Vatican invites Usain Bolt to address religious liberty conference
(David Kerr, Catholic News Agency)

Friday, 31 August 2012

HC partially strikes down Himachal's anti-conversion law
(Ravinder Makhaik, Times of India)

Becket Fund Files interfaith brief defending Catholic Bishops against ACLU lawsuit
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Brutality, anger fuel jihad in Russia's Caucasus
(Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters)

Child protection (or the lack of it) in the Diocese of Chichester
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

China policy on Tibetan freedom of religion may face change as self-immolations continue
(Carla Friedman, Women News Network)

Christian marriage registrar case goes to Europe
(The Christian Institute)

Congo-Kinshasa: UN alarmed over reports of further massacres in eastern DR Congo

Council statement invokes new understanding of mission

Essay compilation addresses legal, theological issues of homosexuality
(Adventist News Network)

Former teachers, Jehovah's Witnesses file discrimination lawsuit against school district
(Sabina Bhasin, Naple News)

Forthcoming Chamber hearing in four cases concerning freedom of religion
(Press Release, European Court of Human Rights)

HHS mandate: More legal hassle, no religious liberty resolution
(Dominique Ludvigson, The Foundry)

Himachal Pradesh (partially) repeals its anti-conversion law
(Nirmala Carvalho,

Hungary detains U.S. missionary for ‘child abuse’
(Stefan J. Bos, BosNewLife)

Kenya: Fears of more violence over Islamist killed
(Tom Odula, Associated Press)

Libya: Sufi under attack, Saudi Arabia condemned

Muslim persecution of Christians: July, 2012
(Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute)

New Zealand lawmakers back same-sex marriage
(David Crampton, Episcopal News Service)

Palestinians chip away at male divorce monopoly
(Diaa Hadid, Associated Press)

Religious differences push need for better understanding of Eastern religions
(Matthew Brown, Deseret News)

Rise for the judge? It's religious freedom, says Muslim defendant; Chaos could arise, says prosecutor
(David Hanners,

Sydney Anglicans accused of sexism over new marriage vows
(David Crampton, Episcopal News Service)

Tunisia democratic activists fear a tilt toward militant Islam
(Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times)

Tunisians fear growing salafist violence
(Monia Ghanmi, Magharebia)

Wheaton College appeals dismissal of HHS Lawsuit
(Press Release, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty)

Youth protest against Pakistan’s role in Gilgit Baltistan
(Zafar Iqbal, Eurasia Review)

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Sri Lanka and India - cultural and religious ties
(N. Sathiya Moorthy, Daily Mirror)

15 states file brief in support of the Defense of Marriage Act
(Dominique Ludvigson, Culture Watch)

American Muslims claim their place in global Islam
(Farha Tahir, Arab News)

Anti-Assad forces in Syria are growing more Islamist
( Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz)

Archbishop of Canterbury condemns child abuse failings
(BBC News)

Assad draws shock troops from elite sect in Syria
(Bill Spindle, Wall Street Journal)

Cops: Religion not motive in attack on Jewish man
(Ed White, Associated Press)

Couple to debate right to distribute atheist book
(Tom Godfrey, CNews)

Electing the faithful: Is the US election a faith-based race?
(Al Jazeera)

Equality, human rights and religion or belief: time to get out of the courtroom?
(Alice Donald, UK Human Rights Blog)

Federal judge allows Murfreesboro mosque opponents to intervene
(Travis Loller, The Tennessean)

Final Republican platform has strong religious freedom plank
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Global Christian group takes up cause of 11-year-old Down syndrome girl facing execution in Pakistan
(Fox News)

Islamic cleric in Norway convicted of web threats
(Associated Press)

Israeli chief rabbi warns Geert Wilders not to ‘force Dutch Jews to leave’

Italy celebrates Jewish culture, despite quake
(Rosella Tercatin, The Jewish Daily Forward)

Judgment in Gujarat: The wheels of justice, slowly turned
(A.R., The Economist)

Kenya PM blames killing of Muslim cleric on nation's foes
(Richard Lough and Joseph Akwiri, Reuters)

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